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DAPH Briefings

N E W  |  DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing  |  Tuesday 12 November 2019 at Exeter Racecourse

Please book via the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M.  Speakers to be confirmed.

One free place per Devon primary/secondary school who are members of DAPH/DASH. Terms and conditions apply – see booking form for further details.


DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing  |  Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton EX16 4DB  

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Presentations and other resources are available to view / download via the links below:

Stephen Lee  |  Ofsted Senior HMI

Schools’ Buying Hub South West
Norma Johnston
, School Engagement Consultant & Matthew Dobie, Procurement Lead

Lewis Gibbs  |  Head of Devon Music Education Hub, Babcock International Group

Jo Olsson  |  Chief Officer for Children’s Services, DCC

Daniel Sobel  |  Founder and Lead Consultant of Inclusion Expert


DAPH Spring Briefing 2019  |  Thursday 7 February 2019 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter EX2 7NN      

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Presentations and other resources are available to view / download via the links below:

Dawn Stabb – Head of Education and Learning, Devon County Council

View the  P R E S E N T A T I O N  for updates on:

  • Devon Inclusion Project
  • Boxall Profile: F R E E training now available (further details to follow)
  • Devon’s joint local area SEND Inspection and Outcome Letter plus the DCFP’S Press Release (5 February)
  • EH4MH
  • Progress for Devon Pupils
  • DfE information for local government and schools in preparation for Brexit and the possibility of a no deal situation.

Ofsted’s Curriculum Thinking

A facilitated session with Judith Johnson, Managing Director, JJ Education Services

The curriculum implications of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework – how prepared is your school?

A group discussion session which included guidance on the 3 ‘I’s framework; curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

View the P R E S E N T A T I O N and Q U E S T I O N S: ‘a curriculum conversation’ (downloadable word document with embedded links to Ofsted’s research findings – December 2018 – and full presentation slides).

Scomis – Craig Allen, Education and Product Specialist

Using SIMS to track pupil attainment and progress

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A guided session showing how to take the pain (and cost) out of Key Stage Analysis straight out of SIMS plus details of the forthcoming Scomis Live’19 event (14 March at Exeter Racecourse) and details of F R E E ‘Assessment Tracking in SIMS’ Webinars (14 February).

Contact Scomis: 01392 385300 | scomis@devon.gov.uk


DAPH Autumn Briefing 2018  |  Wednesday 21 November at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

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Presentations are available to view/download via the links below:

Mark Lindfield – Ofsted SHMI
Key messages and updates

Lucy Gordon – Deputy Director for the Regional Schools Commissioner SW
Key messages and updates

Dawn Stabb – Head of Education & Learning, DCC
Education and Learning – Championing Children

Cllr James McInnes – Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools & Chair of f40 Group
View Cllr McInnes’ speech notes

Roger Pope CBE – Chief Executive Officer, Education South West
National Professional Qualification Programmes (NPQML & NPQSL)

Iain Grafton MBE – National Leader of Governance
Effective complaints handling for schools and colleges

Russell Holland – Barrister, Michelmores
Managing complaints


DAPH Summer Briefing 2018  |  Wednesday 6 June at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

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Inclusion was the theme for the 2018 Summer Briefing, with updates from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning DCC, Marc Kastner, Strategic Lead for Education Inclusion and other members from the DCC Education Team plus representatives from the Babcock Behaviour Support services team. Updates included :-

  • Guidance on the process (to ensure legal compliance), Managed Moves, Dual Registration
  • Update on outcomes of work streams under the Devon Inclusion Project
  • Behaviour support strategies / case studies to include examples of alternative provision or therapeutic services

Click H E R E to view / download the presentation from this session.

Early Help 4 Mental Health (EH4MH)

Sarah Lewis, Operational Lead for Virgincare Strand of Early Help for Mental Health Services across Devon (EH4MH) presented on the Mental Health Strategy for schools.

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Russell Holland, Barrister in the Education Team at Michelmores will be hosting Exclusions Training from 2.00pm to 4.00pm which will include:

  • The legal basis for an exclusion
  • The duties of a governing body when considering an exclusion
  • The role of the independent Review Panel
  • Special educational needs / disability discrimination issues and exclusions
  • Reducing legal risk when making decision

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DAPH Spring Briefing 2018  Wednesday 7 February 2018 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton   

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Presentations are available to view/download via the links below:

Dr Rachel Hayes – STARS Trial Manager, University of Exeter Medical School
A Trial of the Incredible Years

Tom Treadwell  |  Assessment Policy Advisor, Standards and Testing Agency
Primary Assessment in England

Karen Thomson – Deputy Headteacher, St Marychurch CofE Primary School, Torquay
Torbay & Devon Civic Award   torbayanddevoncivicaward.co.uk

Paul Delbridge-Smith – Head of Quality and Standards, Babcock LDP
Primary Excellence in Devon

Tom Winskill – Associate, Babcock LDP
Devon’s Disadvantaged Pupils


DAPH Autumn Briefing  |  Friday 17 November 2017 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

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With updates from:

DAPH Summer Briefing  |  Tuesday 23 May 2017 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter

The agenda for the Summer event included DAPH messages from working groups, updates from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning to include Education & Learning matters, SEND Strategy and other funding issues plus

  • James Richardson, Senior Analyst from The Education Endowment Foundation
  • Shirley Swinbank, Regional Manager South West  &  Claire Thomson, Professional Lead for SEND and Inclusion from Babcock LDP

View the A G E N D A   |   View the P R E S E N T A T I O N S


DAPH Spring Briefing 2017  |  Tuesday 7 February 2017 at the Tiverton Hotel

Theme  |  Assessment, Recording and Accountability

A G E N D A  |  view the P R E S E N T A T I O N S


What are DAPH Briefings?

All serving headteachers of Devon primary schools are members of DAPH and are strongly encouraged to attend the Briefing sessions which are recognised as the forum for the communication of key messages on issues affecting schools. The Briefings, which are held each term, are free of charge to members (one free place per school site).

There is a regular update from the Head of Education & Learning plus other invited guests and the opportunity for headteachers to ask questions and provide feedback as well as discuss and share views on matters affecting school leadership.

Booking terms  |  One free place per Devon primary school and subject to availability. DAPH reserves the right to make a notional charge for late cancellations, no-shows and additional places and bookings from attendees from other phase associations and/or from schools outside of Devon Local Authority. A list of delegates (name, role and organisation) may be advertised on the DAPH website and circulated via email prior to the event. See online booking form for further details.


A R C H I V E  |  visit  T H I S  P A G E   to see information and presentations from previous DAPH Briefings.